Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Fred Gross

Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Fred Gross was a toddler when Nazi Germany began targeting the Jews in Europe. His family escaped the genocide of millions of Jews, and they found freedom on the Norfolk, Virginia, docks in 1946. Years later while on a trip to Europe in 1984, Fred’s wife, Carolyn, started questioning family members and began to piece together …

Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Surekha Kulkarni

Surekha Kulkarni is a social entrepreneur, jewelry designer and founder and program director of Beaded Treasures Project. When Surekha moved from India to Louisville in 1986, she did so to help her son Nikhil, who has dyslexia and the schools in India were not able to make the needed accommodations. “We felt like we had no choice and so we …

Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Keisha Deonarine

Keisha Deonarine was born in Trinidad, stating “our ancestry is Indian, and we have a lot of Indian culture, but we are West Indian or Caribbean Indian. as well.”  Her family moved to Brooklyn, NY, when she was 3 years old, and then to Fort Lauderdale, FL, when her parents “realized that there’s a cold winter [in New York].” She …

Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: James Racine

James Racine, known to most as Maestro J, grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Both of his parents were musicians and educators; his father, a flutist/composer/conductor, and his mother, an educator/violinist.  Beginning at the age of 4, Maestro J learned to play the violin, mostly by ear, and later also learned to play the piano and flute.  As a child, scholarships …

Meet our 2019 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Purna Veer

Purna Veer grew up the son of a farmer near Hyderabad, located in southern India. He moved to the United States in 1997 “with a single suitcase.” Raised as a Renaissance man, Veer is a nationally recognized entrepreneur & business leader at the helm of V-Soft Consulting Group Inc., a software company started in 1997 & is one of the …

Navigate Business Showcase 2018

Every year as JFCS holds its MOSAIC Awards, the Navigate Enterprise Center presents its Business Showcase. This is an opportunity to highlight 10 businesses that Navigate has worked with throughout the year.  The businesses represent a variety of industries, ranging from artists, to services and handcrafted products.  In the same spirit of the MOSAIC’s, Navigate aims to showcase business owners …

Meet our 2018 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Anoosh Shariat

Anoosh Shariat was born in Iran, raised in Germany, educated in Texas, Shariat has been wowing diners at various stops in Louisville for almost 30 years. He began his culinary career at the young age of 14 while attending high school in West Germany.  In 1988, he moved to Louisville as executive chef of Remington’s, where he made a name for …

Meet our 2018 MOSAIC Award Honorees: Seema Sheth

Seema Sheth was born in Louisville, KY to immigrant parents.  Ms. Sheth’s mother is Sudanese, and her father is Indian. She graduated from Kentucky Country Day and earned a BA in Theater  Arts before traveling the world.  While in graduate school she discovered her passion for teaching financial literacy.  After graduating with her MBA, she reconnected with her former teacher …